Pedigree: Lookin At Lucky by Awesome Again
Career record: 22 starts – 10 wins –
5 seconds and 5 thirds
Career earnings: $5,792,480
Earnings per start: $263,295
Top Equibase Speed Figure: 126
Running style: Press the pace/stalker
Owned by Hronis Racing and Trained by
John Sadler and Jockey: Joel Rosario
Notable achievements and interesting facts:
Last year, the Pegasus World Cup served as a coronation for a brilliant racehorse on the cusp of retirement in Gun Runner. Accelerate can write the same script on Jan. 26. He enters the Pegasus as the clear favorite, arriving on a four-race winning streak for owner Hronis Racing and trainer John Sadler. Those races were all Grade 1 stakes, and he won them by a combined margin of 20 lengths. In his most recent start, the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Accelerate traveled out of his California comfort zone and faced his toughest challenge yet under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, and he still won convincingly by a length. Now, he will seek further glory in another unfamiliar environment against another tough field before moving on to stud at Lane’s End in Kentucky. This horse checks all of the boxes for a dirt champion: he’s versatile and able make his own trip in each race, and therefore not be dependent on a fast pace; he has proven stamina for races at a mile and an eighth or longer; and, oh yes, he’s very fast, with his last four Equibase Speed Figures all topping 120. This will be another big challenge for Accelerate, but he should be up to the task and has been training very well at Santa Anita Park for Sadler. Look for him to settle just behind the early pace and make another bold move for the lead under Joel Rosario as the field exits the far turn, similar to the one he made in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Rosario finished sixth in last year’s Pegasus aboard the filly Stellar Wind, who was purchased from Hronis Racing by Coolmore for $6 million in fall 2017 and made her final start in this race before retiring to become a broodmare.
Belmont Stakes' favorite Tacitus will start from the outside post on Saturday in the last leg of the American Triple Crown.
A 9/5 favorite to win the so-called Test of Champions, the three-year-old Colt will start the 1 and-a-half mile race from gate number 10.Tacitus trainer Bill Mott, however, is not particularly concerned by the fact his horse drew the outside post.
"I feel the field will spread out. It won't bunch up like a turf race," the Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott told us after the post position draw was held on June 4.
"You hope it allows everyone to move in and get a decent trip around the first turn. Nobody wants to be 10-wide on the first turn, but you would have to think there's a certain amount of speed that will spread things out."